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Big 12 football: Bob Stoops pleased with Taylor’s progress

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 27, 2013 at 3:22 pm •  Published: July 28, 2010

Adrian Taylor’s broken ankle suffered in the Sun Bowl was one of the most gruesome injuries most people had seen. CBS cameras wouldn’t even show Taylor writhing on the ground or replays of the break.

Oklahoma's Adrian Taylor (86) reacts as he is carted off the field after being injured during the first half of the Brut Sun Bowl college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Stanford University Cardinals on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, in El Paso, Tex. 

Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Adrian Taylor (86) reacts as he is carted off the field after being injured during the first half of the Brut Sun Bowl college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Stanford University Cardinals on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, in El Paso, Tex. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

But OU coach Bob Stoops says Taylor is progressing well and should be ready for the 2010 season.

“He’s progressing well,” Stoops said Wednesday at Big 12 media days. “The trainers anticipate him being cleared to practice as soon as we start. I will be very wise in watching and giving him a little at a time.

“Adrian’s played a long time. So I’m not interested in seeing him wear it out in practice. We’ll feed it to him very slowly. For instance, two-a-days, I’ll only let him practice once. Or even one-a-days may only put him in certain segments of the practice to bring him along.

“But he’s progressing well, and they feel he’s close to being — he’s not quite there yet, but he’s close to being back 100 percent. And just watching him, talking to him, walking through the office, he’s making good progress and feels good about it.”

With a 100-percent Taylor, OU’s defensive line will be much closer to the dominant force it was with Taylor and G.K. McCoy at defensive tackle in 2009.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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